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Is there a way to tell clone from real (current) minifigures?
I came home from work tonight and my wife said she grabbed me a Hulk tan pants figure on ebay since she knws I have been complaining about wanting one. She said it just got posted like seconds before that. I asked how much and she said $10 shipped. I hadn't recalled seeing a big Hulk in the clone lot being sold on ebay from the Hong Kong sellers. This seller is from here in the Idaho I believe. I looked at his auctions past and present and he has sold a lot of them, along with other currents like Falcon and whoever the big head guy is in the current Super Heroes set. I just worry it is a clone version. Thing is is there a way to tell? Do any of the pieces to the figure say "Lego" on the legit ones?
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Also look at the description. Does he state it is Lego?
As @CCC suggests, take a look at the listing. It will (hopefully) state in the description whether or not it is genuine.
More people should do this, I'm sick of seeing fakes peddled as the real thing on eBay too with plenty of muppets giving them a four star rating and saying "Wasn't genuine Lego after all but still good service" - like what the hell? You're happy you just got screwed because you could've bought a fake for half the price from someone honestly admitting they're peddling fakes if that's what you would've been happy with to start with?
I'm surprised there hasn't been a clamp down on these things anyway though, IIRC eBay made a massive fuss and clamp down on fake designer goods a couple of years back, and I thought Marvel etc. weren't exactly shy about threatening litigation if need be, presumably these fakes aren't licensed and supported by Marvel et. al and breach their IP rights?
Looking at eBay listings is scary - from just the pictures, many knockoffs look really good.
What I found more disturbing is that another afol told me he'd mixed parts of one with genuine lego parts to create a "black superman" which I'm told is rare.
The problem is not so much the first seller selling these as most sellers do indicate, albeit subtly sometimes, that they are fakes. It is when the buyer sells them on later in a job lot of lego, calling them lego.
I've given up looking for (actual) lego figures on ebay now as most searches bring up pages and pages of 'lego compatible/custom' figures.
Back to the question in hand, I have seen fake large hulks for sale which I was suprised about. But I guess it was inevitable. The ways of checking will be in the manufacturing quality (eg do the pieces fit together as they should, do parts move/remove as they should, are there any rough edges etc) and theoretically it shouldn't have 'lego' or a part number written on it's foot, but who knows.
If it is a fake and hasn't been sold as such. Report them and ask for a refund.